PICTURE PERFECT: A blooming coelogyne pandurata paid double dividends for Graham Gamble, of Goonellabah, yesterday when it took out the champion and reserve champion species prizes at the Northern Rivers Orchid Species Society annual show at Lismore Square.
PICTURE PERFECT: A blooming coelogyne pandurata paid double dividends for Graham Gamble, of Goonellabah, yesterday when it took out the champion and reserve champion species prizes at the Northern Rivers Orchid Species Society annual show at Lismore Square. DAVID NIELSEN

Orchid-strated gamble pays off

THERE are at least 22,000 accepted orchid species, but it was a single pandurata that shone at the Northern Rivers Orchid Species Society annual show at the Lismore Square yesterday.

An apple green pandurata, grown by Marion and Graham Gamble, won the champion species award from more than 150 other orchids, which have their origins from all over the world, including South America, Asia and Australia.

The Gamble's entry caught the judges' eye because of the amount of flowers it produced.

“They produced two beautiful sprays (stork with flowers),” society president Tom Maxwell said.

“On one spray there was 16 flowers and on the other there was 15, with a few buds to come.”

The size, shape and texture of the orchids are also scrutinised by judges.

While orchids are hardy and can be found all over the world there is one thing they universally don't like - hot, dry weather.

“We were down 40-odd plants for entries this year because of all the heat,” Mr Maxwell said.



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